NPR

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 9%

Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" How about: Don't Watch This. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

2 24%

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" So much to hate here: an unfunny script, hackneyed female character tropes and adults who act as if they are helpless to make knuckleheaded children obey their rules. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

3 13%

Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" John Mulaney is a great standup comic and former writer for Saturday Night Live. But he's created a humorless sitcom that feels like a bad Seinfeld ripoff. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

4 100%

Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's the same soap opera pile-up of circumstances that made me love Ugly Betty. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

5 91%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A faithful rendering of the story behind the fastest man alive. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

6 100%

Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Tambor's heart-rending portrayal of a man finally becoming who he's always feared to be is worth enduring three self-obsessed, not-quite-adults and the emotional wreckage left in their wake. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

7 85%

black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" At a time when so much talk about race is so serious, it's a pleasure to see a show which has a good time poking fun at everyone's misconceptions and hangups. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

8 94%

Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a mishmash of previous Batman stories - a bit of The Dark Knight's gritty realism, a touch of the timelessness and silliness of Tim Burton's Batman. It's an interesting blend. "

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Eric Deggans

9 65%

Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While I love the cast of Madam Secretary, almost every role is played by someone who's done excellent work on TV, the writing and the unfolding storylines just keep spiraling downward and becoming more disappointing. "

Posted Sep 19, 2014

David Bianculli

10 44%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"A very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Linda Holmes

11 39%

Tusk (2014)

"Tusk is an overextended, tonally incoherent joke that would make viewers squirm even if it didn't involve a bloody and demented medical experiment."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Mark Jenkins

12 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"For the most part, Gilliam's visual eye drowns out his actor's performances, and in this case the effect is marred by a distinct familiarity to his imagined world."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Tomas Hachard

13 81%

Tracks (2014)

"Screenwriter Marion Nelson's overly expository dialogue reduces Robyn to an explorer-type daddy's girl we've met before, trudging diligently through the heat and dust, throwing off clichés."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Ella Taylor

14 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"At its best, The Skeleton Twins exudes the vague unease of two putative grown-ups trying to stifle their awareness that the lives they've chosen neither fit nor suit them."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Ella Taylor

15 90%

Stray Dogs (2014)

"In its most evocative moments offers images that will stick in your mind even longer than they stay on the screen."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Tomas Hachard

16 85%

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 (TV, 2014)

" Sons of Anarchy works, in part, because it's designed as a soap opera for guys, wrapping emotional stories of family love, betrayal, sacrifice, scandal and murder in a mix of high-adrenaline outlaw action. "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Eric Deggans

17 100%

The Chair: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The filmmaker's journey in The Chair -- that's a reality TV show I can actually, and heartily, endorse. "

Posted Sep 5, 2014

David Bianculli

18 71%

Kelly & Cal (2014)

"The film is mostly proof that changing the gender and details in a premise doesn't do much good if the presentation is conventional in nearly every other way."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Tomas Hachard

19 100%

Rocks in my Pockets (2014)

"Coasting over the denials and euphemisms offered by nervous uncles and cousins, Baumane uncovers a gene pool heavily freighted with mental illness, depression and self-annihilation."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Ella Taylor

20 78%

The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Watch only if you're drawn to the prospect of spending a half-hour watching five people go to a party and then get kicked out of it. "

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Eric Deggans

21 36%

The November Man (2014)

"It's a serviceable, pleasingly CGI-unenhanced run-and-gun flick I will find on Encore Action after midnight a year-and-a-half from now and watch for 17 minutes before remembering I've already seen it."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Chris Klimek

22 76%

The Congress (2014)

"While always detailed in its visual execution, each new aspect of the film's world remains conceptually hollow, growing ultimately into a Matrix-style allegory for the nature of truth ..."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Tomas Hachard

23 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"Starred Up has three powerful advantages: a realistic setting, fierce performances and the insight brought by scripter Jonathan Asser, who was an Oliver-like counselor in a tough London jail."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Mark Jenkins

24 70%

The Notebook (2014)

"Straddling nihilism and a moral fastidiousness so "pure" it flirts with the very fascism it means to critique, The Notebook cedes not one solitary inch to humanism."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Ella Taylor

25 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"It begins by exploring how fantasy intrudes on and affects our perceptions of reality; it ends by trying too hard to convince us that its fantasies could, somehow, be real."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tomas Hachard

26 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Scripted by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the movie is warm, unforced and believable. Much of that can be credited to Lithgow and Molina, who fully inhabit the roles of Ben and George."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Mark Jenkins

27 87%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"I'd follow these guys "'round the horn" in a second. Maybe that's where they'll head next time."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Bob Mondello

28 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The third installment in Sylvester Stallone's jobs program for expired action heroes is easily the best of the bunch, which is not to say it's any good."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Chris Klimek

29 92%

Frank (2014)

"That Fassbender plays the role of the disguised rocker fits well with the movie's tone: putting one of the biggest actors in Hollywood behind a mask lends a further rebellious streak to an already sardonic film."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Tomas Hachard

30 35%

The Giver (2014)

"If the movie hits ominous notes, they've all been heard many times before ..."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Mark Jenkins

31 87%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"What I find appealing about these films is their sloping, improvisational air, their quality of catching a moment of life on the wing, as when Brydon startles Coogan with a joke so good he can't stop himself from laughing."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

John Powers

32 ——

Agatha Christie's Poirot : Season 13

" Since these are, absolutely, the last TV episodes featuring Suchet as Poirot, they do provide a satisfying conclusion to a very long-running viewing experience. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

David Bianculli

33 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A program that could have been stuck on one culture shifts, offering a broader look at race, class, gender, science and society in ways that turn storytellers into kids surveying a particularly large candy store. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Eric Deggans

34 95%

The Dog (2014)

"It'll leave you alternately amused and slack-jawed in astonishment."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Bob Mondello

35 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Getting into The Knick ...will take two or three episodes. But once you check into this particular TV hospital, and stick around for a while, you'll care about the characters, their stories and their amazing new inventions. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

David Bianculli

36 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"There's no lack of craft here, but there's certainly an absence of character."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Tomas Hachard

37 67%

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"This movie is meant for the ... audience that's already jazzed about exploring the bottom of the seas."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Mark Jenkins

38 69%

What If (2014)

"The film manages a neat trick of sticking close to formula while still being unexpectedly fresh."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

39 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary is bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Bob Mondello

40 56%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"Because they put the pedal to the metal and go full, screaming, bedazzled monkeypants crazy from beginning to end, it sort of works."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Linda Holmes

41 90%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Politically, The Honorable Woman doesn't take sides - it comes at you from all sides. And all sides are given motivations and conflicts, which makes this miniseries both a rare and a rewarding viewing experience. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

David Bianculli

42 47%

War Story (2014)

"In Keener's hands, the collapse feels urgent but not unhinged, and Lee's trajectory from steely and determined to openly distraught lends an otherwise meandering film a strong core."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Tomas Hachard

43 37%

Child Of God (2014)

"It's hard to see past the lurid details of the Tennessee tale, adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 exercise in backwoods noir."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Mark Jenkins

44 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"There's plenty of heart in Guardians, but it gets its emotional heft largely from the warmth that this kind of comedy inherently contains."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Linda Holmes

45 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson's wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Chris Klimek

46 100%

The Endless Summer (1966)

"Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Ian Buckwalter

47 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Unfortunately, Happy Christmas's characters and conflicts are generic compared to Drinking Buddies."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Tomas Hachard

48 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man retains a cogent narrative and le Carre's weary outlook. Rather than choke the narrative with details, the filmmakers keep the story lean while adding evocative visual and aural details."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Mark Jenkins

49 100%

The Whole Gritty City ()

"We return to this scene at the end of the documentary. By then, we know a lot more about these local bands, and how much music means to the kids, and how they even inspire each other."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Bianculli

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